Illuminati is a name that refers to several groups, historical and modern. Historically it refers to a Bavarian group which was an enlightenment era secret society founded on May 1st, 1776. In modern times however, it has become a reference to secret conspiracy organizations which act as a shadowy "power behind the throne" style group which controls world affairs through government control and alliances with huge global corporations. Most believe the Illuminati is striving for a New World Order in which the entire world is ran by one government.
The Illuminati is a name given to several groups, both real (historical) and fictitious. Historically the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776. In more modern contexts the name refers to a purported conspiratorial organization which is alleged to mastermind events and control world affairs through governments and corporations to establish a New World Order. In this context the Illuminati are usually represented as a modern version or continuation of the Bavarian Illuminati. The movement was founded on May 1, 1776, in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria) as the Order of the Illuminati, with an initial membership of five, by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt (d.
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